Become an Advocate or Navigator

The following are articles about the professional side of patient advocacy and navigation. If you have additional articles to add, please forward them to: info@aphadvocates.org

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An Overview of Patient Advocacy

The many roles and organizations patient advocates and navigators find themselves in.
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So You Want to be a Patient or Health Advocate?

The various routes to becoming a health advocate or patient navigator. The education, skills and experience needed vary according to the type of patients advocate one wants to be.
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An Overview of Careers in Patient Advocacy

Choose from among those different categories to decide what kind of services you’ll offer, and perhaps what type of education you’ll need to become a patient advocate or navigator.
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Understand the Advocacy Allegiance Factor

The depth of assistance and types of services you can offer to patients will depend on your position, and the Allegiance Factor. Learn more about the role allegiance plays in your ability to help.
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What Services Do Patient Advocates Offer?

There are many types of assistance offered by patient advocates or navigators, ranging from medical help, to cost and billing review, to transportation, legal or hospital assistance. Each service requires a different type of approach and background.
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How to Choose the Right Patient Advocate or Health Navigator Courses or Programs for You

Here are some steps and questions to help you determine which health or patient advocacy program or course is the right one for you to take when you are considering becoming a health or patient advocate or navigator.
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What Is the Difference Between a Patient Advocate and a Patient Navigator?

Much of the difference is simply in the way the term is used, and not the actual services that person provides.  But the terms are now being co-opted by some specific groups. If you plan to become an advocate or navigator, you’ll want to understand the uses of the terms.  What’s In a Name? A Caveat for Navigators
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Become a Patient Advocate: Degrees and Certificates

There are a handful of degree and certificate programs available for patient’s advocates. They are listed here and updated as more information becomes available. You can also be notified when new programs are starting up.
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Are Patient Advocates Certified or Credentialed?

Most medical professionals must be educated and tested to be licensed and credentialed. But so far there are no nationally recognized certification programs for patient advocates or navigators. Learn about patient and health advocate credentialing and the future of accrediting programs.

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Getting a Job as a Patient Advocate

So you’ve decided you want to be a patient advocate, but can you find a good paying job as a patient advocate?

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How to Start a Patient Advocate Business

If you are an entrepreneur, enjoy patient advocacy work, and wish to start a business caring for others, starting a patient advocates business may be a good choice. Here are the steps to starting a successful patient advocate’s business.

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NEW! ACA Insurance Exchanges Navigators or In-Person Assisters Programs

With the advent of Obamacare and the requirement for all Americans to purchase health insurance, these insurance navigators will be trained and tasked with helping Americans make the best plan choices for themselves.

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—– Articles for Patients and Caregivers —–

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This article, written for patients, will help you understand the answers you’ll want to be able to give them when they contact you for help.
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Why a Private Patient Advocate May Be the Answer for You

Also written for patients and caregivers, this article provides a metaphor to help them understand the benefits of working with a private patient advocate or health navigator.
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How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Private Patient or Health Advocate?

Since “private” means patients or caregivers must pay out of their own pockets to get the help they need, we want to know whether or not such a service is affordable.  But then – how do you put a price tag on quality or quantity of life?
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